National Heroes Park Is A Valuable Teaching Tool, Says PS Hodge
Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 10, 2020 (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis’ National Heroes Park serves as a tangible link to the past of the twin-island federation and is a valuable teaching tool for the younger generation.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, William V. Hodge expressed these sentiments on Wednesday (September 09) during an appearance on the radio and television programme “Working for You.”
The multimillion-dollar facility is located along the Kim Collins Highway and features statues of the five National Heroes. These are the late Right Excellencies Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, Sir Caleb Azariah Paul Southwell, Sir Joseph Nathaniel France and Sir Simeon Daniel. Dr. the Right Excellent and the Right Honourable Sir Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds is the most recently named and only living National Hero. A Visitor’s Centre at the park features additional information about the nation builders.
“It’s a place where our children have to be brought to, especially those in the rural area,” Mr. Hodge stated while speaking in his capacity as a member of the Independence planning committee. “We have to bring them (children), other than on National Heroes Day to experience the National Heroes Park and the significance of it in our history.”
Mr. Hodge added that there had been many calls for local history to be included in the national education curriculum. There are plans to introduce a high school course called St. Kitts-Nevis studies in the near future, however, Mr. Hodge said that the National Heroes Park is an excellent way of teaching local history.
“As I reflect on our first National Hero, the Right Excellent Sir Robert Bradshaw, he was a self-taught person from humble beginnings, and our children must know this,” Mr. Hodge said, noting that it serves as a great inspiration to others.
Several students from across St. Kitts will have the opportunity to learn more about the National Heroes and the National Heroes Park when they attend the National Heroes’ Day ceremony on September 16. Five students from every public and private school are scheduled to attend to witness the observance.